Scientific Name: Betula lenta
Common Name: cherry birch, sweet birch, black birch
Family Name: Betulaceae
Origin: Canada - eastern, U.S. - northeast
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Mature Size: 10 - 15m x 10 - 15m (height x width)
Habit: Upright
Form: Pyramidal - widely
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Erosion control, Forestry, Shade tree, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Soft flexible, Pinnate venation, Pubescent, Elliptic, Ovate, Double serrate, Serrulate
Flowers: Catkin (ament), Yellow, Brown, Mar-Apr
Fruit: Samara, Brown, May-Jun
Key ID Features:
Bark non-exfoliating dark with wide, cherry-like lenticels (horizontal and wide), smooth and dark reddish-brown when young, becoming dark gray and scaly with age; leaves elliptical to ovate, 5-10cm long x 4-8cm wide, margins finely single toothed or irregularly double toothed. Winter ID: bark; twigs smooth, zig-zag, reddish with strong wintergreen smell; lateral buds conical, 5-8mm long glabrous, diverging from twigs; immature male catkins.